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    Default air recirculator

    the air recirc' button below the aircon button when pressed started causing a 'flapping' sound, obviously an electric valve to direct the air. now when i start the car i get a mad flapping sound as though the 'directer' is being opened/closed very quickly, this lasts for about 5-10 seconds before stopping but its bugging the hell outta me. any ideas on what the problem could be? maybe a worn solenoid? or any quick fixes.
    cheers folks

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    Broken teeth on the motor gear possibly

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    This actuator is located behind the glovebox and attached to the blower motor assembly, on the near side.

    It is a black 'box' about 3" square by 1" deep and is secured by 2 screws. An electrical wire goes to it.

    Inside there is a motor and small plastic gears which operate the lever which operates the re-circ flap on top of the blower assembly.

    If you remove the pollen filter from under the skuttle panel area and look through the hole, you can see the movement (or lack of) the re-circ flap.

    As John has said, the teeth on the plastic gears are not very strong and can fail, causing the rapid clicking noise as the gears 'slip'. It only gets worse. A new re-cric actuator from VX is about £65 retail.

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    thanks for the replies. i'll go and take a look in a while

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    right then. glove box removed? check!
    actuator motor removed? check! after struggling like a good un for an hr to get at the back screw.
    actuator opened,gears removed,broken gear noted and all put back with broken gear rotated around a few places. check!
    activated, no noise. check!
    refitted? check! after again struggling with the screw right at the back.
    result........













    NO NOISE!

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